The New “Baby” Has Arrived
vaccine day 120
109 days into retirement
I as going to write about this the day it actually happened, but life got in the way and shot happens, ya know? Thought the snow might hold off. Wellll, mostly. Spent a total of 2.5 hours on the walk through and learning how to connect the 5th wheel hitch. It’s different.
Finally got to hit the road and see how the new to me big truck handled the even newer to me camper. The old truck salesman line “you’ll never know it’s back there” definitely wasn’t true. There’s no way to NOT know that 7 tons of trailer is behind you. Still, the truck handled it well, just have to remember to leave enough room on the inside of turns.
Got home and had the first chance to back this puppy into it’s parking spot. With the pivot point of the 5th wheel being in the middle of the truck bed rather than on the bumper, I have to move the rear end of the truck WAAAYYY more to get any reaction out of the trailer. Not an insurmountable problem. I’ll learn. I’ll also take advantage of every “pull-through” site I can get.
Here’s where I show you how well the snow held off. These were taken about an hour after we got home. Had a little lake effect band blow through and left us a little April Fools day treat.
We have managed to get all the gear transferred, but still have to get a grip on the overall organization. Biggest surprise? The sound system doesn’t have a CD player. I’ll be spending a hunk of time getting a bunch of our music ripped and transferred to a computer. We’re such luddites – still using CD’s! I have an old laptop that may just become the music master. If it has Bluetooth.
Next hurdle is getting the rear view camera from the old camper installed on this one. It’s actually made more difficult because the new camper is “pre-wired” for a particular brand of camera. Of course, I don’t have that one. Working with my camera manufacturer to see of they make an adapter bracket. Fingers crossed. Have two weeks to get the camera installed before our maiden voyage!